GNH Lumber February 2024

Obituaries: Brown, Rothwein, Byrnes, Unson


Barbara A. Brown (1954 – 2013)

PITTSFIELD, MA—Barbara A. Brown, 58, of Stephentown passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Berkshire Medical Center after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Born March 30, 1954 in Pittsfield, MA, she was the daughter of Barbara Peterson and the late Clarence Peterson, Sr.


Mrs. Brown was a 1972 graduate of Berlin Central High School. She married Joseph Brown August 5, 1972. She worked with her husband at the F.N. Brown Insurance Agency in Stephentown. She also operated her own bakery business, Brown’s Country Bakery and was also employed by W.C. Sykes Store.

Mrs. Brown enjoyed gardening, crocheting and spending time with her family.

She leaves behind: her loving husband, Joseph Brown; her two daughters, Dena (Jason) Duval and Laurie (Kevin) Stockwell; three grandchildren, Diana and Rachel Stockwell and Kyle Duval; her mother, Barbara Peterson; two brothers, Dwight Peterson and Clarence (Barbara) Peterson, Jr.; one sister, Pamela (Paul) Engel; one sister-in-law, Mary Lou Brown along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Clarence Peterson, Sr.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 2 at 2 p.m. in the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown. Burial will follow in the Stephentown Cemetery. There will be a visitation hour in the funeral home starting at 1 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stephentown Rescue Squad, c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 9, Stephentown 12168.

Harry J. Rothwein (1939 – 2013)

VALATIE—Harry J. Rothwein, 73, of Valatie died February 1, 2013 at Barnwell Health Facilities.

Born March 17, 1939 in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Philip and Josephine (Fisher) Rothwein. Mr. Rothwein was an auditor for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Albany, retiring in 1991. He also worked for Warren Tire Service Center after his retirement. He was involved with the Kinderhook Boy Scout Troop 113, a member of the Kinderhook Elks Lodge #2530 and was an avid outdoorsman.

He is survived by his wife: Judith Rothwein; four children, Mark Rothwein (Candy) of Columbiaville, Dianne Nash (Theodore) of Wynantskill, Donald Rothwein (Jill) of Valatie and Steven Rothwein of Voorheesville; three step-children, Cheryl Kisselback of Florida, Donald Brady, Jr., of Slingerlands and  Judy Lou Stelmach of Albany; a sister, Delores Lynch of Harrisburg, PA; two brothers, Francis Rothwein of Westville, NJ, and Philip Rothwein (Marie) of Norristown, PA; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Helen Ignas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, February 6, 2 p.m. at the Church of St. Joseph, 1820 Route 9, Stuyvesant Falls. There will be no calling hours. For those who wish, contributions may be made to Barnwell Adult Day Care Program, ATTN: Mary Grace, 3230 Church Street, Valatie 12184. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

William J. Byrnes (1934 – 2013)

GT. BARRINGTON, MA—William J. Byrnes, 78, of Elizaville died Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Great Barrington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Born December 22, 1934 in Jamaica, New York, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Hoefner) Byrnes.

Mr. Byrnes was a loving husband, father and devoted grandfather of Hannah.

He enjoyed cooking, fishing, boating, outdoor sports and his pets.

He had owned the American Burial Vault Company of Long Island, worked at the Old West Bury Golf and Country Club and worked for the Village of Sand Point, Long Island. Most recently, he worked for WMB Golf Carts in Livingston.

Survivors include: his wife, Elizabeth; son, Brian of Austerlitz; daughters, Deborah, Susan and Kathy, all of Elizaville; two brothers, Edward and Thomas both of Long Island and granddaughter, Hannah.

He was predeceased by his brother, John.

Funeral services were Saturday, February 2 from the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown and the Church of the Resurrection, where a Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated. Interment followed in the Linlithgo Rural Cemetery of Livingston.

Helen S. Unson (1915 – 2013)

RHINEBECK—Helen S. Unson, 97, of Clermont died Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Baptist Home.

Born November 5, 1915 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Leona (Szostkiewicz) Sawicky.

Mrs. Unson graduated at the age of 16 from Hudson High School in 1932. She had worked at the Universal Match Company. Together with her husband, Earl, they built up Pleasant Vale Dairy Farm and grew concord grapes.

After the early death of her husband, Mrs. Unson farmed for a few years, then gave up farming and went to work at the Hyde Park House selling antiques and furniture.

Later she cared for several elderly neighbors. She resided in North Palm Beach, FL, for many winters and was a member of the Church of St. Christopher in Red Hook. She was an avid reader, pinochle player and learned to play canasta in her 90s. She also enjoyed senior social activities.

Mrs. Unson was the proud mother of Bruce Unson of Clermont, Lorraine Waterhouse of Clifton Park, Christine Unson of Clifton Park, Elaine (Reynolds) Tate of Rhinecliff.

She is also survived by: a sister, Florence Hamm of Hudson; grandchildren, Glenn Unson, Amy (Kenneth) Bendix, Audrey Unson, Stephanie (Jason) Zeronda, Michael Waterhouse, Kaysey Tate and Danica Tate and two great-grandchildren, Daniel Bendix and Evangeline Zeronda.

She was predeceased by: her husband, Earl Unson; daughter, Susan L. Unson; brothers, John Sawicky and Edward Sawicky and sister, Irene Hover.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Resurrection, Germantown at a time to be announced.

Interment will follow at the Viewmont Rural Cemetery.

Memorial donations are requested to the Northern Dutchess Caregivers Coalition, Inc. P.O. Box 163, Rhinebeck 12572 or the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown.



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